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Monday 24/10/2011 - Election process General Assistants


Election process of the General Assistants
The election of the general council takes two days, because as well as the different capabilities and qualifications needed of councillors, the worldwide representation of the regions and cultures have to be considered. Tomorrow we will probably be able to make the names of the general assistants known to you. After the first joyful celebrations with the new General Superior, the delegates returned to the silence of the discernment in the afternoon.
Sr. M. Jane Livesey CJ will now introduce herself with a few sentences:
'I came into contact with the CJ via the sisters at St Mary’s Ascot when I was in secondary school as I was not at a Catholic school and went there for instruction in my faith. Having started university to read law, I decided to give that up after one year and enter with the CJ in September 1974. 
When I had completed my noviceship I, together with Sister Gemma Simmonds, did my degree in the University of Cambridge where I studied History and Theology.  This was followed by gaining my professional teaching qualification.
In September 1982 I joined the community and teaching staff of our school in Shaftesbury in the west of England and in 1985 I was appointed Headmistress.
I held this post until July 1998.  After leaving Shaftesbury I joined our community in Cambridge, having made my 30 Day retreat and completed a time of spiritual renewal, including working with the Aboriginal people, in Australia.
From 1999 until my appointment as Provincial in January 2003 I worked in all four of the former CJ schools in England as the “Mary Ward Chaplain” with responsibility for fostering the Mary Ward ethos and values of the school under the lay management.
In January 2003 I was appointed Provincial of the English Province, a post to which I was re-appointed in January 2008.  I have been a school governor in two of our schools during that period, chaired the Governing Body of another school and undertaken various other responsibilities such as being Chair of the Bar Convent Trust.  I have also tried to continue with my work in the schools, inducting new teachers into the values and ethos of Mary Ward and working with my parish youth group in Cambridge, to foster their faith in a city where there is no Catholic school.
On 23 October 2011 a new chapter opened...'

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